07/01/15 6:53am

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Dominion Virginia Power reports 1800+ homes are without power this morning in Alexandria, Virginia after last night’s storm. If you are waking to no power in your home, be sure to report the outage at this link or call 1-866-DOM-HELP. We will post more as we know it below…

While there are several small outages, large scale outages (200+) are in:

  • Rosemont
  • Del Ray
  • Van Dorn/Landmark
  • Seminary Hill


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06/30/15 3:27pm

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Toll Booth Line

AAA mid-Atlantic is predicting the biggest July 4 travel weekend since 2009.

AAA projects 1.2 million Virginians will travel to celebrate Independence Day this year. The 2015 travel forecast is the highest since 2009, when 824 thousand Virginians holiday celebrations included traveling 50 miles or more from home.  The exact prediction, 1,155,774 is up .2% from last year. “The strong forecast numbers are not surprising as Independence Day is typically the busiest summer travel holiday period and holiday gas prices are expected to be the lowest in five years,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Rising income, driven by a strong employment market, is prompting more Americans, and hence more residents of the Commonwealth, to take a holiday trip this year. Despite recent seasonal increases, gas prices remain well below year-ago levels, which has helped boost Americans’ disposable income.

Traditional road trips to enjoy beaches, lake houses, picnics and relaxed visits with family and friends continue to lure the vast majority of patriotic revelers. Eighty-six percent (86%) of Virginian’s will pack up the their vehicles in 2015, making it, once again, the most popular mode of transportation and essentially the same number as drove last year.

Airline departures for July 4th will include 88,334 Virginians, representing a slight .8% increase from 2014. The remainder of celebrants will use other modes of transportation which include cruises, trains and buses.

Pump prices in recent days have stabilized and even dropped slightly in areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Most drivers will likely pay the lowest Independence Day gas prices in at least five years.  In Virginia, the average price for regular unleaded gasoline has dropped slightly to $2.59 per gallon. Today’s price is eight cents higher than one month ago and remains significantly discounted from this time last year with drivers saving an average of 90 cents per gallon year-over-year.  Virginia motorists taking a road trip for the holiday will benefit from the nation’s 8th lowest gas prices in the country. 

To their dismay, almost 5,000 Virginia motorists are expected to be rescued by AAA between July 1st and July 5th.  While most will require a tow, the second highest number will experience the frustrating and largely preventable: dreaded dead battery. Third on the list of top reasons to call AAA for a rescue are those who have flat tires. “For those who want a smooth and care free drive, AAA reminds that motorists inspect their vehicle and check the condition of their battery and tires before heading out on a holiday getaway,” Meade said. “Nobody wants the frustrating feeling of knowing that an inconvenient and likely uncomfortably hot road-side break down could easily have been prevented.” Members can download the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance when needed.

(Chesapeake Bay Bridge Toll Booth Line by Susan Smith, on Flickr)

06/30/15 2:45pm

Thunderstorms over Alexandria, VA
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the City of Alexandria and the surrounding area until 9:00 PM this evening, Tuesday June 30, 2015.

REMINDER:  A watch does not necessarily mean that severe weather is actually occurring, only that atmospheric conditions have created a significant risk for severe weather to occur.

(Photo by Mehul Antani, on Flickr)

06/30/15 2:31pm

Dawn at the Dock
Tuesdays are Rule 5 days in which we scan the local Alexandria, Virginia area blogs to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.  For a list of our favorite local blogs, click this link.

Please show our fellow local bloggers some link love!

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06/30/15 11:49am
Wegmans Dulles

Wegmans Dulles by _BuBBy_, on Flickr

Wegmans Food Market stores in Maryland and Virginia are holding a two-week “Fill the Bus” food drive to support local food banks’ increased summer needs. Customers are invited to help “Fill the Bus” by donating items that provide healthy meals for children when they do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school. The food drive runs through July 4.

Customer service desks at the 14 participating stores have posted wish lists of non-perishable items that are intended to be nutritious and easy to prepare, like tuna fish, peanut butter, and canned soup. Products to donate will also be displayed by the registers and can be purchased at checkout and then placed in the “Fill the Bus” collection bin located by the front of the store.

“The summer months are an especially challenging time for food banks because there’s an increased need for meals when children are home from school. These donations will help meet that critical need and reduce hunger in local neighborhoods,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy.

Donations are being collected and transported to the food banks that partner with each store, remaining in the immediate community. The food drive at the new Alexandria-area Wegmans benefits the Capital Area Food Bank.

06/30/15 10:44am

Doggy Happy Hour at Jackson 20 & Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Doggy Happy Hour is held in the hotel courtyard on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 PM, from April through October. Complimentary doggy treats and fresh water keep our canine friends happy, while Jackson 20’s Bar Menu ensures a fun gathering for all.

For more information on this event, click this link. For more things to do in Alexandria, Virginia today, visit our calendar.

06/30/15 10:37am

Photo from the Alexandria Aces dugout area during the 2014 home opener at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria, VA

The Alexandria Aces will play the second of four home games this week (three in a row) tonight as the Bethesda Big Train come to Frank Mann Field in Alexandria, Virginia. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. The Aces play decent baseball for a GREAT price! for more things to do in Alexandria, Virginia today, visit our calendar.

Via the game preview

Things are going from bad to worse for the Aces right now.

Losers of four straight, the Aces (7-12) will play the Big Train (18-3) tonight for the second time in three days, with the Redbirds on the horizon. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. but if fans cannot make it, they can tune in to Aces Radio or follow the Aces on Twitter.

The same problems continue to plague this team. Offensively, the Aces only plated two runs last night in the first eight innings. A small ninth-inning rally scored three more to cut the lead to just three runs, but the magic ran out too soon. Defensively, the Aces have committed 12 errors over the last five games and haven’t had an error-free game since June 19th, an eight game stretch.

Read more at this link.